Brad Haddin: "The shining light was the way young Hughes played but we have a lot of work to do. He performed tonight under pressure, in front of 20,000, and that shows he's got a bit about him." On Smith's injury, he added: "It got him in the love handles."
"He played a magnificent game," Chris Gayle says of Usman Khawaja as he eyes off the interviewer. "Are you coming, too" he asks her. Ah well, win some, lose some.
Lee crouches low to face Coyte and gets contact but only for a single. He misses the next, and smashes the following but again only for a one. Lots of men on the boundary but a pull shot, baseball style, gives Lee a four and levels the score. Lee top-edges off a wild swing and the ball flies behind the keeper for the last boundary of the match. Sixers win by four wickets.
Lee faces Nannes and a driven single puts Hughes back on strike. Wide and Nannes has to do it over. Gayle misfields a ball that bobbled away off a good-length delivery. Last ball: Hughes lashes at the ball, spooning it up to Coyte, who puts down a sitter! Ouch. That's also 50 to Hughes. That could cost the Thunder the match. Sixers 6-124 with two to bowl.
Lee faces Nannes and a driven single puts Hughes back on strike. Wide and Nannes has to do it over. Gayle misfields a ball that bobbled away off a good-length delivery. Last ball: Hughes lashes at the ball, spooning it up to Coyte, who puts down a sitter! Ouch. That's also 50 to Hughes. That could cost the Thunder the match. Sixers 6-124 with one to bowl.
Nannes needs a maiden here. Hughes advances and grabs a single down the ground. That brings O'Keefe on to strike, and Nannes will want to keep him at the striker's end. Bowled! Even better. O'Keefe moved across to leg and Nannes followed him; he plays on and the bails do their gimmicky strobing thing.Back to top
Steve Smith takes his spot in the Sixers' dugout with an icepack strapped to his ribs. Just in time to see his side finish off this match. Hughes now 34 off 28. Again he lives dangerously, shanking the ball and risking a quick single. Tremain gives Hughes a short one and he pulls it through midwicket for four. Punched into the gap. Tremain offered Hughes his thoughts - some lip - and in return he cross-bats the next one for six. Unconvincing but they all count. Sixers 5-117 off 18 with 16 to get.
Daniel Hughes, who has been kept down the other end while wickets fell, lofts Abbott over the deep midwicket boundary. Then a top edge flies a long way and lands just short of the man in the deep. Hughes again goes for the grand, brutish statement only to land short of mid-on. Three mis-hits in this over. Bang. He clips this one back over the bowler's head for a maximum. That was closer to the middle of the bat. Fourteen off the over. 5-103 after 16.
Gayle finishes the over for flattering figures of 2-17, including 15 dot balls. Who would have thought Chris Gayle would keep his side in the match with his bowling not his thunderous hitting? Sixers 5-89 off 15.
Gayle to Henriques, and he gets a streaky boundary. Wicket! Quicker arm ball fools Henriques, who edges it off his pad and on to the stumps. Getting interesting.
Nannes is back and Smith again with the HUGE haymaker of a swing and miss. Doesn't miss the next one though. He lofts it over mid-off for the full reward. Smith backs away and tries to slog-cut the ball but finds the edge and a catch to Prior. Smith was taking all sorts of risks and departs the arena looking out of sorts. Nannes has now taken the most wickets in the comp. Not bad for an old bloke in the bottom-placed team. Sixers 4-85 off 14.Back to top
Tremain just misses the off stump when Steve Smith goes for a huge swing. Air swing as it turns out. He launches himself at the next one too, two strides down the track, but Rogers saves the four. Run rate is up to over eight and it's been 23 balls since the last boundary. Smith gets a couple through the leg side. Coyte has run-out chance but misses with the thow and collects Smith, who looks sick indeed. Great pick-up by Coyte. Pity for Smith - maybe hit in the kidney. Physio is out. 3-76 off 13.
Gayle, flush with his recent success and having got under the skin of Brad Haddin, is back. The fidgety Steve Smith is facing to the background strains of the banana boat song - day-oo - and the Munsters theme music. Who can pay attention? It's 3-71 off 12.
Coyte and Steve Smith duke it out the next over, but it's a more sedate affair. Only three off the over. Sixers 3-67 after 11
"He's been all talk so far and they haven't won a game," Haddin returns the favour to Gayle on the boundary rope after his dismissal, referring to the subject of their banter. And he's serious. Haddin urged Gayle "to do something for the Thunder fans".
Interesting time to bring back Chris Gayle. Haddin flicks a slow ball going down leg for two and then looks for a wide call. Gayle puts the next two in the same spot, very wide of off stump. Perhaps trying to bait Haddin. It succeeds! Haddin buys in, gets the ball on the toe of the bat and holes out to Keen. 3-64 off 10
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Scott Coyte runs in looking to keep it tight for the Thunder. A yorker beats Haddin all ends up but then the former Australian keeper crunches the next attempted yorker right back at him. It screams down the ground for four. Sixers 2-61 off nine.
The 20-year-old Zampa shouts for leg-before with the wrong-un but just pitches outside against Hughes. Nice recovery after being belted by Haddin. Sixers 2-55 off eight.
Adam Zampa into the attack and Haddin strides down the crease and gets right under the ball for a down-the-ground elegant slog.
Daniel Hughes gets some width off Abbott and gives it the treatment. Four. Another short and wide one from Abbott invites Hughes to repeat the dose. Four. Good clean hits. He drives another one that is pulled in just short of the long boundary. An overthrow gives the Sixers 12 off the over. Sixers 2-46 after seven overs.
Haddin gets some advice from Gayle as he walks to the pitch. He's no under serious pressure to up the ante for the Sixers. Nonetheless, he cross-bats it towards the boundary for two and generally looks his busy, shuffling self. Sixers 2-35 off six.Back to top